I'm not exactly sure if people are interested in "review of the year" style posts but I think I will find it beneficial to look back at all I've achieved this year, especially after a super busy last couple of months with hardly any time to sit down and take stock. Plus I reckon my mum will enjoy reading it anyway ;)
Having just read back over my goals for 2019, I'm pretty chuffed to realise I achieved almost all of them! I still need to work on my organisation for the 365 or even 52 week project though!
Published in Dear Photographer Magazine - Colour Edition
It was of course a dream to be included in the colour edition of Dear Photographer magazine. I was thrilled when I was notified I'd had an image chosen and it was a colourful self portrait I took in Portugal :)
One of my biggest achievements, I submitted my 150 image portfolio in January and received my acceptance email in February, I was so excited I admit I got a bit teary!
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I shared some photos from one of my favourite in-home lifestyle/documentary sessions on Dear Photographer's Facebook group and was asked to submit it for a blog feature.
This year I had 3 finalist images in this huge international competition voted for by the general public. With over half a million entries, I was thrilled to have three of my favourites make it this far and 2in 23 awards in total!
Published in Grazia Magazine
One of my product images was used in an editorial article about online shopping in Grazia magazine.
I was asked to speak at a brand new conference designed to elevate women in photography. In March 2020, 500 delegates will be descending on Manchester to learn, be inspired and socialise ith one another. I am honoured to have been asked to speak at such a big and wonderful event, especially since I've never spoken at an event like this before.
I was one of five finalists in the local Muddy Stilettos awards for Best Photographer in Sussex.
It all started with this one...
Then others followed. Sometimes I went weeks with nothing, sometimes I had all my submissions accepted in the week! I'm so excited every time it happens and that coveted Vogue logo appears on my images.
My first publication on Nat Geo was for the assignment - Home, for which I submitted this image above of my twins cuddling my tummy with my stretch marks, showing that it was once their home.
My second feature was my photo of Agi on the yellow bench which was featured in the Daily Dozen, best photos of the day...
My third feature was this image from our A&E trip which was also featured in the Daily Dozen...
Top Ten of the week in the ClickPro Daily Project
This same image of Agi was my first top ten Daily of the week award in the Daily Project for Click Pros.
I then had another awarded a few months later...
I love working with the kids at a local school for those with autism, it's so rewarding and is definitely improving my skills working with those affected in both my dentistry and photographic work. I go to the school once a term to help de-sensitise the pupils to the dentist so they find it easier to brush their teeth as well as attend their own dentists for check ups.